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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Antelope Valley is to provide quality undergraduate, graduate, certificate and continuing education to our local and global community.

The University of Antelope Valley offers higher education that enables students to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals, thereby allowing them to become valuable assets to their communities.


In the winter of 1997, after witnessing what he believed to be too many unnecessary deaths, Los Angeles City Firefighter/Paramedic Marco Johnson, with the blessing of his wife Sandra, began instructing community CPR and First Aid courses.  This service quickly developed into the CPR and First Aid Company and following demands of the community to teach other classes the name was changed to the Antelope Valley Medical College



Six months after its inception, Antelope Valley Medical College (AVMC) received approval from the State of California and the County of Los Angeles to provide training in Emergency Medical Technology. 



AVMC was granted approval to administer Allied Health Instruction in the careers of Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Clinical Assistant, Emergency Room Technician, Paramedic, Nursing Assistant, Medical Billing, Phlebotomy, Administrative Assistant, and Vocational Nursing. 

During this time, the facility increased in size from a 500 square-foot starter location to a 45,000 square-foot, high tech training facility. This facility consists of 20 lecture rooms, student break areas, student lounges, staff lounges, library, career center, and computer labs. 



Mid 2003, AVMC acquired an additional satellite classroom: 2997 Desert Road, Suite 6A, Rosamond, CA, dedicated specifically to Paramedic training.


In June 2009, the institution received approval from the United States Department of Education and became nationally accredited to offer Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees. The University of Antelope Valley (UAV) was established.


UAV expanded and relocated to a 250,000 square-foot campus within a mile the founding location.  The property was the former home of a hotel and two restaurants and was completely remodeled to meet the needs of the growing university, and currently serves as the institution’s main campus.  UAV expanded its Bachelor and Masters level programs after relocation, and began offering night and online programs including RN to BSN.

UAV founders, Marco and Sandra Johnson, advertised a request to the community to name the university’s mascot; after reviewing hundreds of submissions, the name Pioneers was selected.  The name represents the Original Pioneers who thought they had found an oasis in the desert when they came upon the Antelope Valley.  The pioneering spirit and hard work of the founders and staff of UAV resonated with the spirit of the Antelope Valley Original Pioneers, as well as the pioneering space and flight exploration born in the Antelope Valley.  


High school, college and professional level athletics played a significant role in the life of UAV cofounder/President and CEO Marco Johnson.  Johnson always proclaimed the addition of athletics was a high priority at UAV and another effective means of further instilling student discipline, organizational skills, teamwork, and planning.  Johnson’s vision was realized in 2012 with the established of UAV Women’s Softball.  


In its inaugural year, the Lady Pioneers won the Southern Pacific Championship and second place in the NCSA World Series.  The same year UAV entered into an athletic contract with performance athletic gear company, Under Armour®, and was the only nationally accredited university to receive this elite sponsorship.  


The second year of competition, the Lady Pioneers did it again, in June 2013, the Lady Pioneers won the Southern Pacific Championship, and were crowned NCSA World Series National Champions!

The next addition was men’s baseball, and incredibly, the Pioneers Men’s Baseball won the Southern Pacific Championship their first year.  The Pioneers have outstanding athletes who persevered facing well-established teams including UCLA, USC, Cal Poly and UC Merced.  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) officially admitted UAV’s athletic programs institutional wide. 


In 2014, UAV welcomed Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Cross-Country.  


In 2015, UAV Athletics introduced Men's Basketball and Women's Volleyball. The Pioneer Event Center installed a regulation volleyball and basketball court.

UAV Professor Taxpulat Ruzi collaborates on Steel Manufacturing Process at the Institute of Mathematics for Industry at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.

Attendance exceeded 2,000 at UAV’s Ninth Annual Caring for the Community Holiday Meal Service and Toy Distribution.

UAV receives national recognition for Hospitality Management Program.


UAV awarded WSCUC Senior College and University Commission accreditation (WASC).

UAV adds Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant and Electrical Engineering programs.

UAV Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management students intern in Spain.

UAV Pioneers Baseball wins 2016 Cal Pac Championship.

UAV Professional Baking and Pastry students appear on Food Network - Cupcake Wars.



UAV cofounder/ VP and COO Sandra Johnson stated, “Job one is graduating students with an excellent education, an awareness of community service and volunteerism, a sense of pride and accomplishment that they will share with familial generations.”

We remain dedicated to the commitment of expanding educational and technological offerings in our community and nurturing a university that meets the needs of current and developing job markets.

We are grateful to many people for their unwavering belief and assistance in founding the University of Antelope Valley, including faculty and staff, city leaders, and members of the community. We would also like to thank the legal, business, and medical community for guidance and leadership.

Best regards,

Marco and Sandra Johnson